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Dutch Woman Opts for Euthanasia Because of Incurable Mental Health Challenges

A Dutch woman named Zoraya ter Beek, 28 years old, has decided to undergo euthanasia in May due to severe mental health struggles. She has been battling depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder throughout her life, despite having a loving boyfriend and pets. Despite receiving treatment for her illnesses, Ter Beek feels that her mental health is untreatable and that there are no further options available to her.

Ter Beek’s decision aligns with a growing trend in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal. More individuals are choosing to end their suffering from mental health issues rather than endure them. However, her case has sparked debate among healthcare professionals and the public. Some see it as a concerning trend of readily resorting to euthanasia for mental health problems, while others argue that it grants terminally ill patients more control over their final days.

Stef Groenewoud, a healthcare ethicist, has observed that healthcare professionals may be more willing to consider euthanasia as an option for young people with psychiatric disorders. The procedure for Ter Beek’s euthanasia will take place at home, with her boyfriend by her side. Her doctor will administer a sedative followed by medication to stop her heart after which she will be cremated and her ashes scattered in a designated forest spot. Since the Netherlands legalized euthanasia in 2001 the number of deaths from this practice has steadily increased leading to criticism from those who believe the law encourages suicide but Ter Beek addressed these concerns on social media before taking a leave of absence.

The rise of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety is amplified by economic uncertainty, climate change and social media use. Many people are struggling with various forms of mental illnesses which can be debilitating and have an impact on their daily lives.

As we continue to witness this growing trend in the Netherlands where euthanasia is legal for those suffering from terminal illnesses or severe pain who wish to end their lives peacefully without prolonging their suffering any longer.

This article highlights the importance of seeking professional help when dealing with mental health issues rather than resorting to extreme measures such as euthanasia when there may be other options available.

It also raises questions about the ethical implications of legalizing such practices and its impact on society as whole.

Overall this story serves as a reminder that even though death may seem like an escape from suffering at times it’s important

By Samantha Jones

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